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At a high level every product has a life-cycle that takes it from an initial idea, through one or more iterations, and then on to being replaced. During the iteration phase the work may move between teams, or even companies, to ensure that the product is being worked on by a team who can maximise it’s appeal to the intended user base.

With this in mind we’ve begun to support the creation of an Android Automotive OS (AAOS) variant of LineageOS 18.1.

AAOS Builds — Our Goals

Our goal when we decided to produce our builds was to improve the development experience for our teams…


At Snapp Automotive we believe that AAOS offers car manufacturers an easy way to add premium features to their vehicles that can be further enhanced by third-party applications, so, today we’re making available a set of build instructions and prebuilt-images which will allow developers to run Android Automotive OS 11 (AAOS), and test their apps, on a Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e.

We believe that making this available to developers will help move the AAOS ecosystem forwards by giving them an inexpensive hardware platform which can be easily placed into any car and used on the move (with, of course, all…


Android Studio Emulator AVD Configuration

Today, one week after Google released Android S Beta 1 for mobile devices, we’re making a build of Android Automotive OS “S” Beta 1 with Snapp additions available to the public.

We believe testing has an important role to play in the automotive industry where product recalls and/or in the field bug-fixes are costly in terms of reputation, logistics, and impact on the bottom line. Automated testing can provide a level of confidence that a system is working as expected, but nothing can replace real world testing where unexpected situations can, and often do, arise.

Making a beta version of…


In our previous post we gave you details of how to build Android Automotive OS 11 (AAOS) with the Snapp Automotive additions for a Raspberry Pi 4B. We understand that to do this you need access to a reasonably powerful machine, so, today, we’re making available a prebuilt image for a 16 GB USB memory stick for developers to experiment with.

The image we’re making available is the same as you would get from building the AAOS image we’ve previously posted about. …


Android Automotive OS 11 with Snapp Automotive additions running on a Raspberry Pi

A few weeks ago we announced that we were forming Snapp Automotive to focus on automotive development. At the time we’d created an emulator image based on Android Automotive OS, and today we can announce we’ve gone a step further and the same Android Automotive OS 11 based distribution now runs on a self contained hardware platform.

Before we get into the details we’d like to set some expectations; Developing a hardware platform from scratch is an extremely expensive undertaking that is well beyond the budget of most start-ups, so, instead of starting from scratch we’ve used off-the shelf components…


Traditionally, cars have been bubbles, disconnected from the rest of the user’s life. If you take the time, you might set up your home and work addresses to your navigation system and sync your phone’s address book. Some brands have offered ways to send data, like navigation directions, to their cars for quite some time already but all this is cumbersome and is quickly becoming an experiences not matching users’ expectations.

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We expect a continuum between our devices. The smartphone revolution has ingrained this expectation to us. The idea of having to transfer your music to a new device to…


We’re excited to announce that we are creating a new specialist company focusing on automotive.

We are starting with an emphasis on the Android platform and will be working with automotive manufacturers to help design and build great in-car operating systems, in-car apps and companion apps.

Why?

The automotive industry is going through a revolution, not just the EV revolution but also a software revolution — with drivers and passengers having higher expectations for their in-car experience than they did only a few years ago. …


Earlier today, Polestar announced the first 3rd party (kind of) map application available to its Polestar 2 Android Automotive OS system; A Better Routeplanner.

I thought it could be interesting to take a look at the new app from Android developer’s point of view. So here are some notes.

Developer: “Polestar Performance AB” ?

If you search for ABRP from the Play Store, you’ll find 2 versions of it:

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Android Automotive OS infotainment systems

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